Episodes
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Jay Leno to mark the 30th anniversary of Leno taking over for Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show" on May 25, 1992. They spoke in 2017 when Leno performed a live standup gig at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., discussing his favorite guests, his interview approach and his thoughts on David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon.
Published 05/25/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley celebrates National Tap Dance Day with a conversation with Savion Glover, whom The New York Times called "the greatest tap dance who has ever lived." They spoke in 2018 when he brought his production of “All FuNK'd Up” to the historic National Theatre in Washington D.C.
Published 05/25/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with bluegrass legend Del McCoury, who brings the 14th annual Delfest music festival back to Cumberland, Maryland this Thursday through Sunday. We discussed his journey from hearing Earl Scruggs' banjo as a teenager to joining Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, then forming The Del McCoury Band and being invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.
Published 05/24/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway, who leads an NSO Pops tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Kennedy Center on Wednesday and Thursday. We discussed her journey from growing up the daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway to her acclaimed collaborations with Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.
Published 05/23/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Tina Fabrique, who stars in "Marys Seacole" at Mosaic Theatre in Washington D.C. now through May 29. They also discuss her career highlights like singing the theme song for TV's "Reading Rainbow."
Published 05/22/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with filmmaker Alex Garland, whose new movie sci-fi/horror flick "Men" opens in movie theaters this weekend. They spoke in 2015 during the release of his sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," as well as writing "The Beach," "28 Days Later" and even a preview of "Annihilation."
Published 05/21/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Hal Linden to mark the 40th anniversary of TV's "Barney Miller" airing its series finale on May 20, 1982. They spoke in 2017 when Linden starred in Arthur Miller's play "The Price" at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. to reflect on his iconic career on stage and screen.
Published 05/20/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Robert "Kool" Bell, founder of Kool & The Gang, who perform live at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia on Friday, June 3. They discuss the group's biggest hits, including "Jungle Boogie," "Ladies' Night," "Get Down On It," "Celebration," "Fresh" and "Cherish."
Published 05/19/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with John Turturro on the 30th anniversary of his directorial debut "Mac" winning the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 1992. They spoke in 2014 about Turturro directing himself in "Fading Gigolo," his admiration for "Midnight Cowboy," and his prolific acting career from "Do the Right Thing" to "Quiz Show."
Published 05/18/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with screen legend Alfre Woodard, who hosts the inaugural gala for the John & Lilian Miles Lewis Foundation tonight at The Hamilton Hotel in Washington D.C. They also discuss her prolific career with four Emmys, including"Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law," and films like "12 Years a Slave."
Published 05/17/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Ana Gasteyer as tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of her final episode of "Saturday Night Live." They spoke in 2016 when she came home to Washington D.C. for a special concert at Arena Stage.
Published 05/17/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Tony Award winner Santino Fontana, who joins Bernadette Peters in paying tribute to Carol Burnett tonight at Signature Theatre's Sondheim Award Gala at Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia. They discuss his creative journey from Disney's "Frozen" to Broadway's "Tootsie."
Published 05/16/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin, who presents the world premiere of "To Shiver the Sky" tomorrow at The Anthem in Washington D.C. He'll also perform "Baba Yetu," which made him the first composer to win a Grammy Award for scoring a video game in "Civilization IV."
Published 05/14/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Latin music icon Gloria Estefan on three different red carpets in Washington D.C. as GALA Hispanic Theatre stages "On Your Feet" now through June 5. First, you'll hear her at the 2017 Gershwin Prize. Second, you'll hear her at the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors. Third, you'll hear her at the 2019 Gershwin Prize, as well as bonus tributes by Jose Feliciano and Andy Garcia.
Published 05/13/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Myles Frost, who just earned a Tony Award nomination this week for his role as Michael Jackson Broadway's "MJ: The Musical." They discussed his D.C. and Maryland roots from Wootton High School to Bowie State University to playing the King of Pop on Broadway's biggest stage.
Published 05/12/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Wynonna Judd, who just canceled Saturday's show at Hollywood Casino in West Virginia after her mother's death the day before The Judds' induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna called into WTOP three days before the tragedy to discuss her tour, which will continue after the four canceled shows.
Published 05/11/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, who performs live at City Winery in Washington D.C. tonight and tomorrow. We discussed his successful rap career from his solo work on "Liquid Swords" to his iconic rap group The Wu-Tang Clan, as well as his love for kung-fu movies, science and screen appearances from "Coffee & Cigarettes" to "Chappelle's Show."
Published 05/10/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with actor Jesse Eisenberg, who made his feature film debut exactly 20 years ago today in "Roger Dodger," sparking a career of memorable roles, from “The Squid & The Whale” to “Zombieland,” from “The Social Network” to “Batman vs. Superman.” They spoke in 2013 when Eisenberg came to Washington D.C. to promote his hit magician flick “Now You See Me."
Published 05/09/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley marks Mother's Day by chatting with Jo Frost, star of Lifetime's "Supernanny." They spoke in May 2020 about parenting at the start of the pandemic, as well as universal tips for all of you moms (and dads).
Published 05/08/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Jeff Goldblum, who performs a jazz concert tonight at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. They discuss his career from "Nashville" to "The Fly," from "Jurassic Park" to "Independence Day."
Published 05/06/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with "Hamilton" alum Christopher Jackson, who brings "Freestyle Love Supreme" to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on May 10-15. You'll also hear a second chat with Jackson and Thomas Kail during the release of their 2020 Hulu documentary "We Are Freestyle Love Supreme."
Published 05/06/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with comedian Kevin Nealon, who performs live at the D.C. Comedy Loft on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They spoke in 2017 when he played the Kennedy Center, breaking down his hilarious career from "Hans & Franz" on "Saturday Night Live" to the "Bull Dance" in "Happy Gilmore."
Published 05/05/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Tony nominee Susan Egan, who performs "Disney Princess: The Concert" at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on Friday and Saturday. She discusses originating the role of Broadway's Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" and voicing the big-screen role of Meg in Disney's "Hercules."
Published 05/05/22
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley celebrates Star Wars Day on May the 4th by revisiting his red carpet chat with George Lucas at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. You'll also hear an in-depth breakdown of the iconic "Star Wars" music by renowned conductor Emil de Cou, who conducted the National Symphony Orchestra tributes to composer John Williams in 2015 and 2021.
Published 05/04/22